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    Questions on Ubuntu

    I am doing security testing on a product that is using Ubuntu 6.10.
    It a hugely gutted in that most if not all of the normal linux commands
    are not available. Logged in as admin, if I do an "ls" command, I only
    see a few files. No directories. I cannot do a "cd /". It echos an error
    message. What I'm looking for is the password file, but I can't get to
    the /etc directory.....

    My question is: Is there a backdoor or some kernel level commands
    available?

    Thanks.

    Ray

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    Re: Questions on Ubuntu

    Perhaps you should boot a LiveCD and use that to mount the partition so that you can examine it.

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    Re: Questions on Ubuntu

    strange, what's the product?

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    Re: Questions on Ubuntu

    Actually, it's Extreme Networks XOS.......

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    Re: Questions on Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by rayj00 View Post
    I am doing security testing on a product ...Is there a backdoor or some kernel level commands available?
    is it just me who finds it funny? If you are doing security testing, *you* should be *answering* security questions, and not *asking* them?

    Nothing personal, I just found it funny.

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    Re: Questions on Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by pmasiar View Post
    is it just me who finds it funny? If you are doing security testing, *you* should be *answering* security questions, and not *asking* them?

    Nothing personal, I just found it funny.
    You're absolutely right. However I have no experience with Ubuntu and just thought
    I'd try to speed up my investigation a little as time is of the essence....

    After all, that's what the web is all about!!! Seek and ye may find!!!

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    Re: Questions on Ubuntu

    Ubuntu is generally considered extremely secure. I'm not aware of any vulnerabilities that aren't down to user-error - the default Ubuntu install is virtually impossible to compromise unless you have direct access to the machine (ie, you're sitting down in front of it). If you manage to find a way of compromising an Ubuntu box, I'm sure people'd be very interested

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